Arizona is home to more than 400,000 LDS members. For many years, LDS members in and around Phoenix have had to travel to Mesa, AZ to attend temple services, some travelling more than an hour, making the Mesa temple one of the busiest in the world.
A few years ago, the LDS church started work on the Phoenix Arizona Temple. Now, the Temple is finished, and will be open to the public for tours starting in October of 2014!
The Phoenix Temple sits on just over five acres adjacent to an existing meetinghouse located at the intersection of Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue. It is a single-story building and has a footprint of 27,423 square feet with a full basement and a 90-foot spire. The materials and workmanship are of the highest quality, and the grounds are created and maintained to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to those who enjoy the grounds and the surrounding community.
If you live in or near Phoenix, AZ, this is an opportunity to view the inside of an LDS temple, one of less than 150 in the world. Once dedicated to Temple ceremonies (including marriages, baptism for the dead, etc) the Temples are open to any faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but during the open house, anyone can tour them, enjoy their beauty, and learn more about what they are and what they are for.
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have!